Reader’s Picks: Luke Falk

8.24.2012 (Ryan MacNeil)

8.24.2012, Pelham, AL (Ryan MacNeil)

All selections and text by Luke Falk

Split Open and Melt” 4.16.92 I, Santa Barbara, CA

This tight rager showcases Big Red’s chops back in 92. Listening back, I’m struck, not only, by how absolutely all over the fret board he is, but by how he barely used to use any effects at all (to great effect). A great version that is completely overlooked.



YEM” 6.11.94 I, Morrison, CO

This first set of this Red Rocks show was broadcast on the radio, which is how I got a good quality copy that year. My vote for best ever “YEM” (possibly my favorite Phish jam ever), which somehow doesn’t get mentioned anymore with almost everyone’s attention falling on 12.9.95 and other versions.



David Bowie” 10.30.90 II, Crested Butte, CO

Not exploratory, but tight and intense, this early “Bowie” reminds me of the band’s recent gesture toward shorter, more economical playing. They really get right down to business here.



My Friend, My Friend” 2.26.97 I, Stuttgart, DE

The best version ever played.



Down By the River” 10.3.98 Farm Aid, Chicago, IL

This Neil Young sit-in gets my vote for second-best guest performance ever; a nasty extended jam for the benefit of small farms. (For the record, everything with Karl Perrazo is the best guest performance.)



Free” 6.17.04 I, Brooklyn, NY

This is the last good version of “Free.” And it is very good. The Trey and Mike jam ultimately inspired a horrible moment at Coventry, which, I speculate, is why they’ve never tried to jam it since.



Stash” 7.2.97 II, Amsterdam, NL

A 30-minute abstract monster to kick off one of my favorite sets ever.



Bathtub Gin” 2.28.03 I, Uniondale, NY

This multi-section, type II joyride foreshadowed what would come later in the show during “Tweezer.”



Suzy Greenberg” 12.28.03 II, Miami, FL

This version features a super funk throwdown and then explodes into an growling catharsis featuring Trey’s uncompressed tone.



AC/DC Bag” 8.9.8 Set II, Virginia Beach, VA

Just because it never gets old—of the top three or four versions ever, which kicks off the second set of a magical night in Virginia.

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460 Responses to “Reader’s Picks: Luke Falk”

  1. angryjoggerz Says:

    Lol. I am glad that I am putting in a secretarial level of effort. Just missed the opp to put in a bracket for my company, oh well. One it is.

  2. phoammhead Says:

    heading up to DC this weekend. will see sigor ros at patriot center in fairfax, va on sunday.

  3. jonacho Says:

    Anyone here have experience with the Apple trackpad?
    I may be encountering some carpal-tunnel issues with the mouse and am wondering if the trackpad may change/help the ergonomics.
    any thoughts?

  4. Calpain Says:

    kaya- just sent you some electrons re: The Meter Men.

  5. hoedown Says:

    @GDad, Things are looking bleak at this point. The little one is due on 7/7, right in the heart of the northeast run. I don’t think Holmdel is even possible at this point. My better half has been so supportive of my phishing that I really can’t even try to hit any shows with the babies due date so close. The thing is, it is more of her being upset she can’t be there and missing out vs. just plain not wanting me to go…

    Hoping for some Philly or Atlantic City shows in the fall.

  6. Calpain Says:

    i am excited for you phoamm, should be a great show. trying to swing it Monday in NYC, but seems there may be too many hurdles. would love to catch them again.

  7. BingosBrother Says:

    Who the fuck is Luke Falk?

  8. voopa Says:

    Not a law student.

  9. littleumbrellas Says:

    Hi all. Back home and happy to see the thread strong and vital as always.
    Will be doing the Gorge>Tahoe>SF run fo sho, no doubt. 7/26 B day is gonna wreck.

    6/11/94 set 2 was my first ‘bootleg.’ Also Sprach>Run was the first live Phish i ever heard.
    So fucking $$$.
    The SOAM is off the handle. When Mike starts laying into that tritone during the peak of the jam, faces melt and the gravity in the room increases.
    Red Rocks 94!!

  10. phoammhead Says:

    thanks, cal. yeah, my better half saw them at, i believe, bonnaroo several years back and she’s all jacked up for this trip. i’m getting excited, too. two days off work and a little road trip.

  11. littleumbrellas Says:

    Luke ‘not a lawyer’ voopa.

  12. littleumbrellas Says:

    Diggin the reader picks. Still daunted by the alpha uber but did grab it. Thanks yall. Music for days. Also pumped about the school boy Q release.

  13. voopa Says:

    Nope, not it. I would have picked a post-Spring ’93 SOAM, like 8-2-97.

  14. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Show yourself, Luke Falk!!

  15. Selector J Says:

    Happy birthday, to the great Hugh Rainford Perry (aka Pipecock Jackxon, aka The Upsetter, aka Lee “Scratch” Perry!) who descended to Earth from an extraterrestial location on this day in Kendal, Jamaica in 1936.

    I think Scratch would dig this as a birthday present: Lego Black Ark. I know I would.

    Some good March 20th music right here: Blackboard Jungle Dub

  16. phlorida phan Says:

    Got my BB bracket filled out, Mumford & Sons boxset here I come!

  17. MiA Says:

    What the fuck is a frush?

  18. Kaveh Says:

    What the fuck is a frush?


    (no, no, you’ve got too many kings…let’s give you three, fresh, cards.)

  19. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    ^nice work you two!

  20. Guyute711 Says:

    RIP NFL. March 21st 2013.

  21. Guyute711 Says:

    or the 20th

  22. mudbuddy11 Says:

    jonacho… i knew a guy who made a switch to a trackball and liked it. its wierd to see a big ball sitting there instead of a mouse, and whenever i had to work on his computer, it took some getting used to, but you might look into that.

  23. Kaveh Says:

    09.14.99 – AC/DC Bag – Yikes!

  24. MiA Says:

    Well, I’ve got two sevens, and two sevens beats a frush.

  25. Dorn76 Says:

    Amazing to me that 31 owners would vote for that. They must be getting some serious heat from league lawyers about the ex-player suits coming down the pike.

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